As the universe inexplicably continues to chug along despite, or is it in spite, of the current state of the world, I'm really honored to support efforts to bring Love, Sex & Mushrooms by Cardy Raper, PhD out into the wider world. To quote her interview at Seven Days:
SD: What was so compelling to you about the sex lives of fungi?
CR: At that point, I really hadn't thought much about why people are sexually attracted, or why they get married. I knew the mechanics of procreation, but I didn't know the magic of it. So my interest from that point of view had increased. And the question Red was after was basically, "What happens when two water molds come together? How does it get decided which one is going to be male and which is going to be female?" It's a fascinating adaptation.
Wouldn't it be weird if people did that? What if you met someone more female than you are, and you could just decide on the spot to become the male? We didn't know nearly as much then about gender fluidity and being transgender, but mushrooms have had that figured out for millennia.
And what could be more wonderful than that? This book, which also couldn't be more wonderful, or timely.
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